One of the Wonders of Africa… the Black Rocks at Pungo are a series of mystical rock formations standing 350 feet (107 meters) high above Angola’s African Savanna. Believed to be the location of the Kingdom of Ndongo in 1618-1619 when the kingdom was raided by the Portuguese contracted Imbangala. The survivors, stripped of their […]
About Kinfolk Detective
K I Knight
As a professional Genealogist and researcher the author believes, "If you CAN prove it, it's Genealogy, if you CAN'T, it's Mythology!" A statement that is frequently made among those who search the records of history looking for that all important clue. But, when a story appeared through the ashes of history that she couldn't shake she made the choice to write a Novel, the story, was too important.
Holding true to her background as a genealogist she based all the characters, scenes and locations on the historically documented evidence she discovered on her seven year journey.
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ANTHONY/ANTONIO One of the most documented early Africans to arrive in Virginia was Anthony/Antonio. Records show Anthony/Antonio arrived in Virginia on the ship ‘James’ from England in 1621. Was he one of the first “twenty and odd” sold on the shores of the James River in August of 1619? The short answer is NO. However, […]
Free Africans living in Northampton County in 1660’s are listed in the Northampton County Virginia Tithables 1662-1677 as Heads of their own Household: Bastian Cane and his wife Grace. Emanuel Driggers Bashaw Ferdinando and his wife Susan, and Hannah Carter. King Tony and his wife Sarah. John Francisco and Christian Francisco. William Harman and his […]
Emanuel Cambow (Cumbo), “a free African,” was granted 50 acres in James City County, Virginia before 18 April 1667. There are very few Africans who had the ability to manuever through the English judicial system to earn their freedom, much less hold title to their own land. Emmanuel Cambow/Cumbo was one of them. Like others […]
In the beginning, I didn’t understand where the desire came. I just knew it was there. The desire quickly became a passion and consequently an addiction. Nine years ago, looking for my husband’s ancestors, I came across a woman whose allure was irresistible. As a genealogist, I find many significant people with vital stories throughout […]
A political storm surrounding the African cargo pirated from the underbelly of the San Juan Bautista by two English corsairs in 1619 lends to Virginia becoming America’s first colony. JOIN THE JOURNEY as 1619 GENEALOGY names the first “twenty and odd” Africans to arrive in the small English settlement of Virginia.
The Driggers’ should be known as one of the America’s earliest FREEDOM FIGHTERS. In February of 1623 at Bennett’s plantation Frances is listed with her son Peter in the list of the Living. Frances was listed in Piercey’s Muster at Flowerdew Plantation in the 1624/25 as an African woman with young child of hers, which we now know […]
First African Woman to Pay her Own Tithes! I visited Surry County, Virginia this past week to locate Lawnes Creek Parish. Listed in the Surry County Tithables 1668-1669, Lawnes Creek Parish is Margaret Cornish. The first AFRICAN woman to pay her own tithes/taxes and own her home. What an amazing accomplishment in 1668-1669, just one […]
After a recent trip to Virginia, meeting with several Professors and Community Leaders, I’ve decided to start 1619 Genealogy – the Descendants of the first “Twenty & Odd.” A genealogy bank that will be documenting and identifying the descendants of the first Africans to arrive in the English settlement of Virginia in 1619. Many of these Africans […]
Manchester Papers, page 252, London, England – PRO. Courtesy Author – Benjamin Woolley, Savage Kingdom, The True Story of Jamestown. Two Angolans were not specifically named in the Manchester Papers, filed in the Public Records Offices in London. The evidence is an accumulation. The naming of the “White Lyon (Lion) was not coincidental. These Angolans were […]